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(Updated  March 17 2018
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.207 billion (1207 million)
Mobiles    1183 million 
Landlines: 24 million 
Total no. of PCs: 150 million 
Internet users:  400 million  including  mobile Internet 159  million
Broadband:   327 million
(wired:  20 million;   wireless :  307 million)
TV owning houses: 150 million ( DTH: 54 million)
DTH operators: 6;     Private TV channel  826

Indian mobile phone market surges to  record levels in Q4 2017
Cisco Visual Networking Index 2017...the India numbers
Mary Meeker  Internet Trends Report. 2017 
GSMA study: Mobile Economy of India 2016
Ericsson Mobility Report 2016: India findings
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  New Swiftkey update has many India features
New Delhi, March 18, 2018:  SwiftKey, Microsoft's market-leading intelligent keyboard, has launched its most significant product update since its acquisition by Microsoft in April 2016.  In the7.0 update, SwiftKey is replacing the existing Hub with Toolbar, an expandable menu that gives fast and easy access to a host of new and existing frequently used features, on both Android and iOS. ....
Entry of WhatsApp may disrupt Indian e-payments
Bangalore, March 17 2018: Facebook-owned messaging company WhatsApp has recently launched peer-to-peer digital payments beta service in India. The entry of the messaging app, which has more than 200 million monthly active users, is expected to disrupt the unified payments interface (UPI)-based digital payments landscape in India, currently dominated by Paytm, says leading data and analytics company GlobalData. ....
Healthcare is the latest hostage of hackers in India
Bangalore, March 16 2017:With the sudden surge in popularity of portable  devices , there is so much data about you that is available on the device. ...
Wipro sets up metal 3-D manufacturing experience centre
Bangalore, March 14, 2018: Wipro3D, the additive manufacturing (AM) business unit of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering   has set up a a-first-of-its kind, solution & experience centre  for metal 3D printinghere. ...
Taiwan and Bangalore expos announced
Bangalore, March 13 , 2018: The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA),  has announced  COMPUTEX 2018, to be held from June 5-9 in Taipei, and the second edition of the ‘SMART ASIA India 2018—Expo & Summit’ to be held from October 4-6  in Bangalore. ...

Education and e-learning
Tata e-learning initiative bags UNESCO prize
Mumbai, March 10, 2018: The Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx), a tripartite initiative of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Tata Trusts has won UNESCO’s prestigious King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize, an international recognition for the Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the field of Education. ....
AI and Data Science are top online courses in India
New Delhi December 25 2017: Coursera, the global leader in online education and learning, today announced the list of the ’10 Most Popular Courses in India - 2017’, based on the average daily enrollments by Indian learners over the past year. ....

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Kerala Tourism reaches out to domestic tourists even as neighbour Goa denigrates them
Bangalore, February 14, 2018: As part of its domestic tourist outreach,   46  Kerala-based Tourism and hospitality companies interacted yesterday with local players  in one of the biggest such business to business ( B2B) exercises seen in the Silicon City. ....
Ground cleared for Internet & mobile calls on flights in India
Bangalore, February 11 2018: Travelers on Indian carriers can hope to surf the Internet and make mobile calls  while in flight very soon. , India's Minister of State for Civil Aviation, redcently    tweeted via his official Twitter account,  "TRAI: WiFi in Flights: TRAI allows Wi-Fi and mobile services on board for flyers in and over India". ....

Global award for Amrita University & Wipro's diabetic solution
Bangalore, February 24, 2018: Global information technology, consulting and business process services company Wipro and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham have jointly won the Aegis Graham Bell Award 2017 in the ‘Innovation in mHealth’ category. ....
Wellthy diabetes app features a day-long motivator
Mumbi, February 18 2018:  ‘India’s first clinically tested diabetes ‘digital pill’ for physicians, by physicians  was  launched in Mumbai’o0n February 16 at a conference held by the Maharashtra chapter of the Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India (RSSDI). ....
Fertility is first of many tests supported by Inito diagnostic device
Bangalore, January 11 2018: When  alumni Aayush Rai and  Varun A.V. from IIT Roorkee and IIT Madras respectively  set up medical tech startup Inito in Bangalore, they  worked on one premise: the average Indian had more than one medical need. ...

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Astrea water bottle comes with built-in purifier
 Bangalore, March 19 2018: Summer is here -- and most of us  won't stir out without carrying a bottle of drinking water.  Bottled mineral water is a wasteful expenditure on a regular basis -- but what to do?   Few cities offer  safe drinking water from the tap. ....
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 + go the whole nine yards
The two new flagships from Samsungs pack in premium style and bespoke features  VISHNU ANAND Bangalore, March 12 2018: Back in 1995, when the Late Amrish Puri finally released Kajol off his clutches and proclaimed "Jaa Simran Jaa, Jee Le Apni Zindagi'", he didn't just fulfil Shah Rukh's dreams in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, he redefined what a Bollywood climax looks like! What gave such a dramatic feel to that sequence (which still does unintentional PR for Indian railways), was the cinematographic brilliance in getting a slow motion shot impeccably right. ....
High 5 from Redmi Note 5 and 5 Pro
 Xiaomi has launched two phones in its budget Redmi series Bangalore, March 5 2018: For Xiaomi, the Redmi range of affordable smartphones has been its secret weapon  in India. ...

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  India Smart Cities Forum and Smart Villages Forum sees significant EU presence
New Delhi,  February 15 2018: India. India m2m + iot Forum  delivered yet another successful  conference -- the 5th edition of the forum, which hosted India Smart Cities Forum and India Smart Villages Forum, in Delhi recently. It  was jointly organized by Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (DMS, IIT Delhi), FI Media (Future Internet and Electronic Media) a project funded by the Delegation of European Union to India and India m2m + iot Forum. ....
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Have a blast -- without a central music player or speaker Bangalore, Februry 12 2018: AmpMe  is a popular app that allows you  to connect mobile devices with multiple  friends  and start a party without  a DJ to run the show.  Now the app has come up with a new feature called ‘Offline Mode’ allows users to party without an internet connection and  without consuming their data allowance. ....
SPOT Forum is big success in quest to secure a Cashless India
SPOT (Secure Payment Omni-Digital Transactions) Forum, an independent platform that aims at bringing together Security, Risk and Fraud management professionals from the entire Payments and Merchants ecosystem in India to discuss, debate and evaluate digital payment security strategies and technologies, whilst exploring the challenges from frauds, was held for the first time at Sofitel BKC – Mumbai. ...
Big Data and analytics to dominate Telecoms World Summit this year
Singapore, January 19 2018: Big data and analytics-related services continue to gain traction among local businesses, with the Asia Pacific excluding Japan market expected to grow from $3. ...
AI & Blockchain wll meet in 2018
New Delhi, January 16, 2018: Blockchain will use AI to search through relationship data, says Dr. Scott Zoldi, chief analytics officer at Silicon Valley analytic software firm, FICO, in his AI predictions for 2018. ...

IT people
  HCL Infosystems President R Rangarajan to be the new MD
New Delhi, March 11, 2018: Rangarajan Raghavan, the President of HCL Infosystems has been appointed as a Director and Managing Director of the Company  from April 1 2018. Rangarajan started his career with HCL in 1978  and has held senior positions in various group companies including as Chief Support Officer of HCL Frontline Ltd. ....
Miyuki Suzuki is new Asia Pac-Japan President for Cisco
February 24 , 2018:  Miyuki Suzuki has been promoted to President for Asia Pacific & Japan at leading IT and networking company, Cisco, after three years at the helm of Cisco Japan. A seasoned executive with more than 35 years’ experience, prior to Cisco, Suzuki served in numerous leadership positions for organizations throughout Asia, spanning across technology, aviation, telecommunications and financial services. ....
Niranjan Paranjape to drive innovation for GO-JEK as CTO
Bangalore, February 17, 2018: The fastest growing start-up in Southeast Asia, Indonesia-based GO-JEK, has  announced the appointment of Niranjan Paranjape as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO). ...

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Blockchain tech could help prevent frauds like at PNB
The adoption of blockchain by India’s banks could help avert frauds such as the one at Punjab National Bank as the disaggregated and transparent nature of the technology, which updates information across all users simultaneously, would have ensured that various officials would have instantly been alerted to the creation of the letters of undertaking (LoUs), according to bankers and blockchain specialists.  THE HINDU  February 22 2018

Journalist who exposed Aadhaar data breach deserves an award, not investigation, says Edward Snowden
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